Cutler’s Physician Shortage Resolution Will Face Full House
HARRISBURG – The number of physicians in Pennsylvania is shrinking, and Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) believes we must do something to stop this trend. For this reason, Cutler authored House Resolution 735, which would direct the Joint State Government Commission to study the issue of physician shortages. Today, the resolution unanimously passed the House Health Committee.

“Thanks to advances in health care, we are living longer, and as the baby boom generation ages, our need for physicians across the Commonwealth is increasing as their numbers are decreasing,” Cutler said. “We need to find answers immediately to address this growing problem, and to ensure millions of Pennsylvanians will have the access to direct care for generations to come.”

According to a 2010 Pennsylvania Department of Health study, nearly 52 percent of physicians in our Commonwealth are over the age of 50. The same study also found that, of the physicians who plan to leave direct patient care in Pennsylvania in the next five years, 41 percent cited retirement as the reason.

Cutler and co-sponsor Rep. Michael Schlossberg (D-Lehigh County) wrote House Resolution 735 to direct the Joint State Government Commission to establish an advisory committee to study this matter and to propose strategies for alleviating the physician shortage before it becomes a crisis.

The resolution will now face a vote before the full House.

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Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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